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Old 09-02-07, 09:47 PM   #1
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Here for real :)

Hi,

So in another thread a local 50+ guy said I could post here legitimately now.

This is what I built for my milestone birthday:



A couple of small issues to resolve and I'll post more and better pics.
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Old 09-02-07, 09:55 PM   #2
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Whoa, I guess your back is still pretty flexible. Those bars are low! Is it carbon? I didn't know Serotta had carbon fiber frames. Nice.
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Old 09-02-07, 10:17 PM   #3
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Welcome, and Happy Birthday.

Nice bike.
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Old 09-02-07, 10:45 PM   #4
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Cleave has assembled the anti-Tom Bombadil bike.

A different Tom Bombadil in a different dimension is having a blast on this bike.
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Old 09-02-07, 10:45 PM   #5
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Happy Birthday! Nice bike!!!
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Old 09-02-07, 11:09 PM   #6
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sweet bike.
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Happy birthday and welcome. Used to live in LA and San Diego. Moved to the Bay area last year.
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Old 09-03-07, 02:46 AM   #9
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Nice bike (bikes). Many of those are worthy of being hung on the wall as art.
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Old 09-03-07, 03:49 AM   #10
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Welcome! Nice looking bike.
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Happy B day. The Zipp wheels... they are carbon? How's the braking on them? I've only ridden carbon wheels once and the braking left we a little worried that I'd be able to stop in time. How is it with these wheels?
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Nice bike. Happy Birthday and welcome to BF 50+.
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Happy Birthday! That's a heck of a nice bike! I can tell you're a youngster though - those low bars would cut my rides short!

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Old 09-03-07, 07:00 AM   #14
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Nice garage door, and welcome! (What's that thing hiding the view of the garage door?)
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Beautiful bike. My only concern is the yellow stripe just above the seatpost clamp - shouldn't that be red???

And welcome aboard!
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Old 09-03-07, 08:29 AM   #16
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Whoa, I guess your back is still pretty flexible. Those bars are low! Is it carbon? I didn't know Serotta had carbon fiber frames. Nice.
Drop looks about right to my eye. Bars too high make a bike handle funny. Bars look just right in relation to the front wheel, too. Generally looks perfect setup to me! Bars rotated forward from what I use, but that's really a personal taste & fit issue.

Nice ride!
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Old 09-03-07, 01:26 PM   #17
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Hi All,

Thanks for the warm welcome and the compliments on the bike.

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Whoa, I guess your back is still pretty flexible. Those bars are low! Is it carbon? I didn't know Serotta had carbon fiber frames. Nice.
My back is less flexible than it when I was younger, but I guess it's still flxible enough. The Attack is Serotta's "low-end" custom carbon frame.

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Cleave has assembled the anti-Tom Bombadil bike.

A different Tom Bombadil in a different dimension is having a blast on this bike.
And what is a normal Tom Bombadil bike?

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Nice bike (bikes). Many of those are worthy of being hung on the wall as art.
The 1975 Bianchi is an art piece in our stairway to the 2nd floor. I restored it in 1985 and I've ridden it maybe 20 miles since and haven't ridden it at all in the last 10 years.

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Happy B day. The Zipp wheels... they are carbon? How's the braking on them? I've only ridden carbon wheels once and the braking left we a little worried that I'd be able to stop in time. How is it with these wheels?
Braking is a little different though IMHO it's mostly feel. You have to make sure that you use appropriate pads with the wheels to get decent braking.

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Beautiful bike. My only concern is the yellow stripe just above the seatpost clamp - shouldn't that be red???
It should be. I ran out of red tape. Will be buying some this week to replace the yellow.
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Old 09-03-07, 02:05 PM   #18
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Good going Cleave and welcome, beautiful bike.
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Very nice looking racer, Cleave. Red makes it look like the bike is supposed to go fast. What is the setup of your cassette and chainrings?
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Very nice.

My wife rode an Attack at the local Serotta demo day and hasn't stopped saying good things about it.
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Very nice looking racer, Cleave. Red makes it look like the bike is supposed to go fast. What is the setup of your cassette and chainrings?
My comment about it being an anti-Tom Bombadil bike was based in part upon the cogs. His are very large in the front and very small in the back. I like having one front ring that is smaller than at least one rear cog.

His looks like along the lines of 53/39 with 12-23.
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Old 09-04-07, 11:25 AM   #22
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Can you prove your 50?
Until you do so, I'd suggest that you do not ride such a fine machine until you prove your honesty.
Feel free to send it to ME for safe keeping. I'll return it when you prove your true age.

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Old 09-04-07, 11:28 AM   #23
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My comment about it being an anti-Tom Bombadil bike was based in part upon the cogs. His are very large in the front and very small in the back. I like having one front ring that is smaller than at least one rear cog.

His looks like along the lines of 53/39 with 12-23.
Getting that thought myself. 34/27 is not low enough for comfort up slopes.
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Old 09-04-07, 02:04 PM   #24
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Cleave came to one of our rides when we climbed Hwy 39 from Duarte to Angeles Crest, gaining about 5000 feet in less than 30 miles. He wasn't the fastest climber there, but I only know this from hearsay, he dropped me at the first part of the climb and took off. He doesn't use extra low gears, like I do. He was on his red Look that day.
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